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BangladeshFactoryFireEight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bangladesh, police and an industry association official said on May 9, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago climbed above 1,000.

The fire broke out in the night from May 8 in the Mirpur area in Dhaka at a factory belonging to Tung Hai Group, a large garment exporter, after most of up to 300 workers had gone home, police said. In the morning, firefighters had found eight people dead, said Mohammad Atiqul Islam, a clothing manufacturing industry spokesman. Reportedly, the Bangladeshi managing director of the company and a senior police officer were among the dead.

Tung Hai’s western clients include clothing chains in Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Canada and Spain, such as Primark and Inditex Group, the owner of the world’s largest clothing chain Zara, as well as Pennys Stores Ireland, AWG Mode Center Germany, Agora France, N.V.Carodel Belgium and Point Zero Canada.

The fire comes two weeks after the Rana Plaza factory building housing garment factories collapsed in Dhaka. As the retrieval of bodies continued, by May 8 the death toll stood at around 900 people. The disaster has raised strong concerns about the safety of Bangladesh garment factories and the labour conditions for workers.

On May 8, the Bangladesh government said it had shut down 18 garment factories for safety reasons following the collapse of Rana Plaza, which housed five garment factories making clothes for western brands. The disaster so far was the country’s worst industrial accident. A fire at a garment factory in November 2012 killed 112 people.

 

 

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Eight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bangladesh, police and an industry association official said on May 9, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago climbed above 1,000.

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BangladeshFactoryFireEight people were killed when a fire swept through a clothing factory in Bangladesh, police and an industry association official said on May 9, as the death toll from the collapse of another factory building two weeks ago climbed above 1,000.

The fire broke out in the night from May 8 in the Mirpur area in Dhaka at a factory belonging to Tung Hai Group, a large garment exporter, after most of up to 300 workers had gone home, police said. In the morning, firefighters had found eight people dead, said Mohammad Atiqul Islam, a clothing manufacturing industry spokesman. Reportedly, the Bangladeshi managing director of the company and a senior police officer were among the dead.

Tung Hai’s western clients include clothing chains in Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Canada and Spain, such as Primark and Inditex Group, the owner of the world’s largest clothing chain Zara, as well as Pennys Stores Ireland, AWG Mode Center Germany, Agora France, N.V.Carodel Belgium and Point Zero Canada.

The fire comes two weeks after the Rana Plaza factory building housing garment factories collapsed in Dhaka. As the retrieval of bodies continued, by May 8 the death toll stood at around 900 people. The disaster has raised strong concerns about the safety of Bangladesh garment factories and the labour conditions for workers.

On May 8, the Bangladesh government said it had shut down 18 garment factories for safety reasons following the collapse of Rana Plaza, which housed five garment factories making clothes for western brands. The disaster so far was the country’s worst industrial accident. A fire at a garment factory in November 2012 killed 112 people.

 

 

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